Our 440th Dad in the Limelight is Tommy Riles. I want to thank Tommy for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I’m a husband, father, and a lover of Cheeze-Its and Wheat Thins. Basically snack crackers of any sort. I’m the audience warm-up comic for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and well as over 100 other shows in Hollywood over the past 10 years. I’m the founder of Life of Dad, a social network and entertainment for dads. I work really hard with my great team everyday to turn Life of Dad into an even better site for dads, moms, and everybody else.
2) Tell me about your family
I have a gorgeous and amazing wife, Lucy. Two kiddos. Babs is 4, and Tommy is 2.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
We’ve had quite a few challenges. Our first born, Babs, was born with a congenital heart defect which required open-heart surgery at only 3 days old. This was devestating. The night after the surgery, she flatlined three times when we were in the room. Now she’s thriving, and she is awesome. More recently, though, my wife had a miscarriage at 19 weeks. It was absolutely devastating. I wrote about it because I believe it is a story that has to be told. http://lifeofdad.com/blog_
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Advice for new dads… Figure it out. Nobody can teach you everything, so you have to learn by trial and error, as challenging as it will be at times. Above all else, though, just love your baby. And love the baby’s mama.
It’s a challenge every day. I wake up really early (4AM) to get work done before the family arises from their slumber. When the kids wake up around 6 or 7AM, I feed them breakfast, hang out with them, get them ready for pre-school. I like to let my wife sleep in just a little bit because come 9AM she is with the kids all day long. From 9AM on, it’s my work day, so I’m working hard on Life of Dad, or heading over to Warner Bros. to record “Ellen.”
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
All the dads that I interact with want to change fatherhood forever, and that is awesome.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Fatherhood is the best, but at the same time the hardest thing that I have ever done. My wife and I take parenting one day at a time, and do our best and love our kids. Even though we make plenty of mistakes, we’re trying our best, and that’s all that we can do.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
The little things I love. My daughter saying “I love you” back to me. Making my son laugh. It’s the best.
Find Out More About Tommy Here:
- YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBA37U_IcLJS-_ykRePD6NA
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/tommyriles
- Life of Dad Show Twitter – https://twitter.com/LifeofDadShow
- Life of Dad Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lifeofdad
- Life of Dad YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/LifeOfDad
If you have any questions for Tommy, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!